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DP/30: Director Tony Scott, Unstoppable

5 Responses to “DP/30: Director Tony Scott, Unstoppable”

  1. quizkid8279 says:

    Wow, did Jeff Wells write the home-page blurb about this video?

  2. The Pope says:

    David,
    Thanks for reminding us of this interview. A jovial, soft spoken fellow who seems to have lived as much as he could when he could. I’m reading he had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, so perhaps he could not face such a decline in activity. Thoughts to his wife and kids and his last surviving brother, Ridley.

    His first short film, an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s One of the Missing is available to view here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0cAi8LKXnM

  3. K. Bowen says:

    David, I love your breakdown of the Dargis tribute on the front page. You hit the right highlights. And yes, Dargis gets Tony Scott.

  4. David Poland says:

    KB – Ray Pride gets credit for that.

  5. James Westby says:

    Ray Pride RULES.

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DENNIS COOPER

The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

INTERVIEWER

What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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